- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - An early spring storm brought near white-out conditions and made roadways slick in northern Illinois on Monday, causing numerous accidents, including one involving the governor’s motorcade, and blanketing the region in a layer of snow.

More than 450 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport and more than 50 others were canceled at Midway International Airport. Flights that were getting out were experiencing significant delays.

Reports of crashes and spin-outs started coming in after 5:30 a.m., a State Police spokesman said. Some caused minor injuries, including to a state trooper traveling in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s motorcade.

Police said one of the vehicles driven by a member of the State Police unit that protects the governor lost control on Interstate 55 near the Chicago suburb of Countryside around 8:15 a.m. and struck the rear tandem axle of a truck trailer. The driver was treated and released from a local hospital.

About 5 inches of snow had fallen at O’Hare by noon, when a winter weather advisory for the area expired, according to the National Weather Service. The snowfall prompted Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation to deploy 280 snow plows and salt spreaders, spokeswoman Molly Poppe said in a statement.

Weather service forecasters cautioned that conditions could get more hazardous as temperatures climb and the snow turns to sleet. They said Tuesday’s high temperatures were expected to be in the mid-40s, and that the Wednesday high could hit 63 degrees.

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